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The THREE players Wenger should cash in on this winter


Yesterday I wrote an article on three players Arsene Wenger should consider signing this winter, this one is simply the opposite, which three should be on their way out this January.

Arsenal do have a number of players within their squad, who are injury-prone, inconsistent, or just plain garbage. I posted a weekly poll on my site to see who the visitors think should leave this winter.

There were 10 possible candidates (not implying that we need to sell all of them) on the list in which voters could select between one or all ten players, and surprisingly the results matched the three players that I think should be walking out of the Emirates this January.

The players listed in this article were in my mind prior to the poll going up (I swear). Anyway, I await the barrage of horrible messages and abuse from the readers, here is my list:

Manuel Almunia

Do I really need to explain why he has to go? I think the nickname ‘Manure’ (given to him by the Arsenal fans) says it all really. The 33-year-old is not Arsenal material (never has been) and has not featured for the club since late September, and appears to be out of the Arsenal picture for Wenger and the fans. He has made countless mistakes last season and a few this one (when he’s played of course) and quite clearly Wenger has run out of patience with him. As a result, Lukasz Fabianski and even youngster Wojciech Szczesny have leapt ahead of Almunia in the pecking order. Simply put, Manuel Almunia is not what you would call a reliable set of hands between the posts and has dropped to third choice goalkeeper very rapidly. We have two better goalkeepers in our ranks and because of this the Spaniard should be sold this winter…even if it’s for a small fee.

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  • mane says:

    i absolotuly agree, i was glad Gallas and silvestre were off for this season, but Denilson and Almunia have to go, Wocjlech should be given a chance at goal and between Bendtner and Vela i don’t know who should go, may be both and buy Benzema instead, but for me the two most prone to error in this team are Denilson and Almunia.

  • MartyP says:

    I am in complete agreement. Bendtner first though. Vela offers a better touch, better pasing awareness…witness Bendtner’s efforts against Partizan. Instead of playing the ball to an onrushing Van Persie, he attempts to control and look for HIS shot. We got nothing, and it so typical of him. Vela in at that moment probably gives us a goal. Denilson is on of my favorite palyers, but I think he has not progressed. Two years ago I thought he was on his way. Almunia of course and that looks to be certain.
    I also hope Arsene lied to everyone and is holding his cards close to his vest in regard to January acquisitions. Arsenal has no authority at CB.

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